Elif Kavakci, the talented fashion designer, writer and fan of our salons, devoted a post to the most recent salon at William Bennett Gallery which she attended.
We’re very grateful for the nice words and publicity!
Photos from November 17, 2010 Salon @ William Bennett Gallery are up… Please take a look.
The next salon is planned for early February and will most likely take place at Frants Gallery Space. The one after that, in March, will be all poetry and I can’t tell you how excited I am about that.
Stay tuned for details.
Here is what we sent to the media folks this morning. We hope they’ll find us worthy of writing up or visiting… We serve wine too.
Vica Miller Literary Salons Website Launched; Author Publishing Deal Announced
November 12, 2010 – NEW YORK CITY – Vica Miller Literary Salons, a bi-monthly chamber reading series held in select art galleries in New York City, launched its website and announced erotica as the theme of its next salon, on November 17.
The salons – a brainchild of public-relations executive and novelist Vica Miller – provide a public platform for writers, both published and not. “I wanted to create a tangible connection between writers, readers, and agents,” said Ms. Miller. “There’re so many fantastic writers worthy of being heard. For readers and audience both, it’s an electric experience. Writers say reading at the salon has rekindled their excitement about their material; audiences report witnessing a creative effort in the unusually intimate setting.”
While the salons don’t address the hardships of getting published, nor aim to sell books for published authors, two writers recently secured representation as a result of readings at the salon. Molly Lyons of Joëlle Delbourgo Associates signed author Janet Goss shortly after hearing her read the opening chapter from her novel “Off the Grid” at the June 15, 2010 salon. Last week, New American Library, a division of Penguin Group, agreed to publish both that title and a second novel, already in progress.
“Vica is a superwoman, so when she invited me to share my work at her salon, she didn’t have to ask twice,” said Janet Goss. “But to wind up with both an agent and a two-book deal mere months after the fact is truly a life-changing event, one I couldn’t be more grateful for.”
Launched in April of 2009 and touted as “a magical space in which to read”, salons are held in private art galleries and feature four writers per evening, varying genres and themes every time. “I wanted to recreate the atmosphere of the salons of late-19th century St. Petersburg,” said Ms. Miller, a native of the Russian city. “I’m lucky to have some of the finest art galleries – Susan Eley Fine Art, William Bennett, Lyons Wier – as my hosts and a solid network of gifted writers and serious readers.”
The next salon will be held on November 17 at William Bennett Gallery, with readings by Tina Barry, Stephanie Hopkins, Vica Miller, and Laurie Silver. RSVP essential to attend. Details at http://www.vicamillersalons.com